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Note: This is my no BS review of the UFC Ultimate Royce Gracie DVD released by the UFC. If you have any questions about the DVD leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer them.

Royce Gracie is the man that put Mixed Martial Arts on the map back in 1993. He has influenced more fighters than anyone in history with the exception of Bruce Lee and his name is synonymous with The Ultimate Fighting Championship. Dana White and Joe Rogan hail him as the godfather of MMA. I would personally go as far as saying that without Royce Gracie the UFC would have probably died out after UFC 5 and Mixed Martial Arts wouldn’t be as big as it is today.

ufc ultimate royce gracie

The DVD set comes with a 12 page booklet that includes images  from Royce Gracie’s MMA career as well as a full biography. I think it’s a nice touch to what is already a really cool two disc DVD set.

Disc 1 begins with the full 90 minute Ultimate Gracie documentary that aired on Spike TV focusing on how Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts (specifically The UFC) are interlinked. It starts with it’s roots in Brazil to it being moved to the US thanks to Rorian Gracie and it’s worldwide explosion thanks for Royce winning the first ever UFC event.

UFC: Ultimate Royce Gracie

What begins with the origins of BJJ / Gracie Jiu-Jitsu quickly transitions to the origins of the UFC as we hear behind the scenes info about how the first about as well a stories of the battles from UFC 1 – 5.

Participants in the documentary include Royce himself, Art Davie (the original owner of The UFC), Joe Rogan, MMA Fighters such as Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell, and Matt Serra. Plus fighters from the first five events like Dan Severn and Art Jimmerson.

Also included in the set are all of Royce’s UFC bouts, including his fight against Matt Hughes. We also get three of his other fights for Pride Fighting Championship including his 90 minute+ fight against Kazushi Sakuraba. It is honestly worth the price of DVD for his UFc fights.

Whether you like it or not Royce Gracie revolutionized the world of martial arts by demonstrating in the first four UFC’s to be a complete martial artist you need to have a ground game as well as a striking game because 80% of fights end up on the ground and you had better know what to do if you end up down there on the bottom. Nowadays every MMA fighter (even kickboxers) have a ground game in their arsenal to complement their striking, even if it is only the ability to use sweeps to get back to standing. If you ever wanted to know how a BJJ guy would fare in a 1-on-1 fight watch the bonus fights from UFC 1.

Pros

- Great value for money.
- All of Royce’s best fights in UFC and Pride.
- It’s worth the price or purchase just for his UFC 1-4 fights.

Cons

- You can’t pull the booklet out of the case to read it.
- I’m a BJJ guy so I love the Gracies but even I think the documentary was slightly too pro-Gracie and not objective enough. But Dana White and The UFC aren’t exactly known for being objective.

Extras

In addition to his UFC Hall of Fame induction, UFC Ultimate Royce Gracie DVD features the following bonus fights, which include every single one of his battles inside the Octagon, plus a 12-page collector’s booklet:

  • UFC 1: vs. Art Jimmerson
  • UFC 1: vs. Ken Shamrock
  • UFC 1: vs. Gerard Gordeau
  • UFC 2: vs. Minoki Ichihara
  • UFC 2: vs. Jason Delucia
  • UFC 2: vs. Remco Pardoel
  • UFC 2: vs. Patrick Smith
  • UFC 3: vs. Kimo Leopoldo
  • UFC 4: vs. Ron van Clief
  • UFC 4: vs. Keith Hackney
  • UFC 4: vs. Dan Severn
  • UFC 5: vs. Ken Shamrock
  • PRIDE Grand Prix 2000: vs. Nobuhiko Takada
  • PRIDE Grand Prix 2000: vs. Kazushi Sakuraba (officially the longest MMA fight in history clocking in at over 90 minutes)
  • PRIDE Shockwave 2003: vs. Hidehiko Yoshida
  • UFC 60: vs. Matt Hughes

Conclusion

Personal opinions aside the UFC really did Royce right with this DVD set. Not only is it informative, it is also really well produced, clearly a lot of time and care has gone into making sure this is a top quality DVD presentation. If you watched the Spike special you will know what to expect, if not I highly recommend picking it up for your MMA collection. I’m sure you will not be disappointed.

As I said at the beginning of the post if you have any question about the set let me know in the replies. Likewise if you have the DVD let me know what you thought of it.

Thanks for reading, cheers.